Rose Lee Davis was born in Vallejo, California on September 8, 1948 to the late Freddie Lee Davis Sr and Anita Belle Davis. Rose was the first of ten children (6 girls, 4 boys)-all of whom became “her babies”.
Rose was born in Vallejo, California. Her educational journey started in California, but continued in Texas when the family relocated to Houston. The family’s last move was to Brookshire, Texas in 1965 where Rose attended Ralph J. Bunch H.S. for her junior year. In 1966, she graduated from Royal High School.
Rose attended Texas Southern University in Houston, Texas. While there, she became quite involved in the Black Power Movement, but took a time out to marry Robert Hamilton on December 31, 1973 in an African Themed wedding ceremony. She obtained her Bachelor’s degree in Nutrition and went on to become a Registered Dietitian. Four years later, God blessed Rose and Robert with a beautiful baby girl, Che N’Kim.
Rose was a leader, a fighter, and a survivor. As a toddler, she had to fight to live after being badly burned in a household accident. She spent weeks at the hospital. She bore the scar of that incident for the rest of her life. As the oldest sister, she had to fight to keep the younger ones in line because the older one was always in charge. Before she left home, she took odd jobs and always shared her earnings with her siblings. She was always overly generous. Rose was also a breast cancer survivor.
She enjoyed LIFE and was always the life of the party. In fact, wherever she went she brought the party with her. She loved fishing, dancing, traveling, and telling jokes-even though she wasn’t very good at it. And if you ever heard her tell the “Hee Haw” joke, you’d know what we mean.
Rose wanted everyone to know that she was an Educated, Independent, Black woman. But her daughter and her three grandsons stole her heart. She loved them unconditionally.
She was christened in the Methodist Church at an early age, baptized at Mount Zion Baptist church as a teenager. As an adult, she chose to follow the doctrine of Jehovah as a Jehovah's Witness. When illness demanded, she relocated to Brookshire, Texas, and joined St Paul's Baptist Church under watch care.
She is preceded in death by both parents, Freddie Lee and Anita Belle Davis, husband Robert Hamilton, 3 brothers-Herman Davis, Leroy Isaac Davis, Tommy Lee Davis and one sister-Regina Davis.
She leaves to cherish her memory: a daughter Che` N’Kim. Hamilton-Williams of Sacramento, CA; three grandsons-Elijah Williams, Isaiah Hamilton-Williams and Johnny Williams all from Sacramento, CA; two brothers-Freddie Lee Davis, Jr. (Polly) of Brookshire, TX; Harrison J. Davis (Mary C) of Houston, TX; and four sisters - Rita Campbell of Houston, TX; Diana Thornton (Bruce) of Houston, TX; Donita Davis of Brookshire, TX; Delores Light (Benny) of Brookshire, TX; devoted “sister cousin and life companion” Loretta Purnell of Oakland, CA; friend and cousin Gladys Ryan of Vallejo, CA; and a host of nieces, nephews, relatives, and friends.
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